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Going To The Hospital? Take Vitamin C!

Updated on March 10, 2012
Vitamin C is a proven mood elevator, besides its many other benefits.
Vitamin C is a proven mood elevator, besides its many other benefits.

Vitamin C Is a Mood Elevator!

Everyone knows that a stay in the hospital is no trip to the beach. It is stressful and can make one anxious.

Now we have a report from the journal Nutrition that mood can be effected for the better for those who are hospitalized with Vitamin C* supplementation!

* Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant but it is not produced by the human body. Unfortunately, most foods that contain Vitamin C, like oranges, lose their Vitamin C a few hours after they're picked.

People who are hospitalized over long periods may have low Vitamin C levels. Doctors are unaware of the problem.
People who are hospitalized over long periods may have low Vitamin C levels. Doctors are unaware of the problem.

Vitamin C and Mood: The Study's Findings

One group of hospitalized patients was given 500 mg. of Vitamin C twice daily. Another group was given a placebo.

The study found that those who had taken the Vitamin C supplements had a 34% "reduction in mood disturbance." The group who received the placebo had no change in mood. Researchers also found that the mood swing (for the better) with Vitamin C occurred quickly.

The authors of the study also note that psychological problems are often associated with low levels of Vitamin C and Vitamin D. And there's more news: Researchers in this study found that about 20% of hospitalized patients had Vitamin C levels so low that they were at risk of developing scurvy!


If you're in the hospital, or going to the hospital, ask your health-care professional about supplementing with Vitamin C!
If you're in the hospital, or going to the hospital, ask your health-care professional about supplementing with Vitamin C!

Dr. Hoffer Speaks About Vitamin C and Hospitalization

Dr. Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research who conducted the study, along with Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, said this about the findings, “...patients are rarely given vitamin supplements. Most physicians are simply unaware of the problem."

He adds, “Our finding definitely requires follow up in larger studies in other centers,” he said. “The treatment is safe, simple and cheap, and could have major clinical practice implications.”

NOTE: if you're going to the hospital, or know someone who is hospitalized, you need to make them aware of this study along with your or their health-care professional.

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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